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Can You Go to Jail for Credit Card Debt?

“Can you go to jail for credit card debt?” is a common question among consumers struggling with overwhelming debt. The short answer is “no,” because “Debtor’s Prisons” were an archaic tool used by lenders in the 1700s and 1800s in the U.S. to punish poor people who didn’t pay their debts. Debtor’s prisons were eliminated in many U.S. states in the mid-1800s and are now non-existent. The U.S. government has outlawed imprisonment for failure to pay a debt. However, there is [...]

Can You File Bankruptcy on Student Loans?

If you’re financially “in over your head” because of college debt, you may want to know, can you file bankruptcy on student loans? Yes, but whether you’ll get those loans discharged depends on the facts of your case and whether a judge is sympathetic to your case. It’s widely believed you can’t discharge (meaning, you no longer need to pay) student debt through bankruptcy. That’s not true. You may get all or part of it discharged. The key is proving that paying it back would be [...]

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